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Research Technical Support- Ft. Detrick, MD (ID# 15427)

Cherokee Nation Assurance (CNA) delivers a broad spectrum of professional management consulting services to its defense, health, environmental and civilian agency clients. To assist clients in achieving their goals, CNA provides a tailored management approach for complex government programs and disciplines including health information technology, research & science, program management, communications, correspondence and document management, governance and administrative support. Wholly owned by Cherokee Nation, CNA is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Support USAMRIID in performing aerosol exposures and animal research protocols within Aerobiology Sciences


  • Generate, characterize and sample biological aerosols to support pathogenesis and medical countermeasure studies against biothreat agents. This shall include animal plethysmography, aerosol supervision and assisting, assaying, and decontaminations; attendance is required at scheduled trainings provided by qualified division staff
  • Investigate independently, and in collaboration with others, events during the phases of infection in representative laboratory animals prior to and following agent exposure
  • Support all technical aspects of animal protocols including but not limited to performing animal observations, physicals, sample collection, sample processing, and euthanasia as required
  • Attend scheduled trainings provided by qualified Veterinary Medicine Division staff
  • All laboratory tasks shall be conducted under the guidance of a study Principal Investigator and under the authority of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and in compliance with GLP standards
  • Studies will be conducted in a BSL-2, BSL-3, or BSL-4 laboratory environment
  • Perform assays to include viral and bacterial stock characterization, plating assays, ELISA, RT-PCR, microarray, and cytokine analysis as required by approved in vivo and in vitro protocols
  • Perform clinical pathology evaluation to include hematology and clinical chemistry analysis in support of approved animal protocols
  • Maintain laboratory space and equipment
  • Record and document all equipment maintenance IAW USAMRIID SOPs and in compliance with GLP standards
  • Assist with SOP writing, revision and review to meet GLP requirements and assist in the generation of SOP risk assessments
  • Coordinate and collaborate with Center for Aerobiological Sciences (CAS) leadership and personnel to assist in the development and implementation of a division technical training program
  • After receiving necessary training and once qualified by division leadership, assist in the training of other technical staff
  • Assist in preparing responses to well-documented and GLP audits
  • Hold and maintain BPRP status


No supervisory/management authority or describe supervision


  • Minimum of a BS degree
  • Previous benchtop lab experience
  • Sufficient education and experience to understand the science in order to facilitate planning and execution of the task order
  • Possess or successfully obtain and maintain BPRP status
  • Familiarity with biocontainment procedures and BSAT regulations
  • Proven experience meeting deadlines and standards
  • Proven experience with staff training


  • Highly organized self-starter with excellent customer service skills
  • Articulate and confident
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to gather project requirements and expectations for all levels of management to include in the project plan
  • Must be a US Citizen


This position is primarily performed in laboratory space.


Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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